Gear

A Luxurious Lifestyle: Hiker’s Extra Items on the AT

A Luxurious Lifestyle: Hiker’s Extra Items on the AT

Hikers are obsessed with their weight. No, I'm not talking about body image (although I did find myself asking if my zip off pants make my butt look big). I'm...

Apr 20, 2017 : Casie Frederick
Stitching and Bitching: Building My Own Gear

Stitching and Bitching: Building My Own Gear

Cut to my last big camping experience:  in January, on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Temperatures at night dipped into the high 20's.  Using a sleeping bag, foam pad and...

Apr 3, 2017 : Ruth Morley
Gear Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3

Gear Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 is an ultralight 3-person nylon and polyester mesh tent body with an ultralight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating fly and...

Mar 31, 2017 : Danielle
Gear Review: Arc’teryx Atom AR Hoody

Gear Review: Arc’teryx Atom AR Hoody

Image from Arc'teryx Arc'teryx Atom AR Hoody, know for its hybrid ability and features that include secure wrist cuffs and a hood that tightens securely. The mid layer jacket is...

Mar 31, 2017 : Danielle
Can I Thru-Hike in Chacos?

Can I Thru-Hike in Chacos?

HALFWAY BABY Short answer, probs. Hiking the Appalachian Trail is chiefly a personal endeavor. From the gear you buy to the beer you pack out, it's 100% up to you. Some...

Mar 31, 2017 : Kevin Arsenijevic
Thru-Hiker Favorites: The Essential Non-Essentials

Thru-Hiker Favorites: The Essential Non-Essentials

Aside from the Big Three (and important things like shoes and socks), there are some items that just make a thru-hike more comfortable. We polled thru-hikers on the non-essential items that...

Mar 20, 2017 : The Editors
Gear Review: Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody

Gear Review: Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody

Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody Images from Patagonia   MSRP: $299 Description: The Nano Air Jacket which is cheaper without the hood or buy used. Before this jacket, I struggled find a

Mar 20, 2017 : Danielle
Best in Slot:  Gear Changes for 2017

Best in Slot: Gear Changes for 2017

Is there an elusive list of best-in-slot backpacking gear? I'm going give you a glimpse into the full extent of my nerdity.  I realize those of you who read the...

Mar 16, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Gear Review: ZPacks Arc Blast UL Backpack

Gear Review: ZPacks Arc Blast UL Backpack

When someone says the name Arc Blast for no less than 2,000 miles of my AT thru hike in 2016.  I'm rounding down, we didn't slackpack that much in PA....

Mar 8, 2017 : Dylan Niknot
How Backpacking Gear Has Changed Through the Decades

How Backpacking Gear Has Changed Through the Decades

The evolution of the pack list.... If you're planning on hitting the trail this year, you're most likely fretting and constantly editing your pack list.  You put things in, you take...

Mar 7, 2017 : EarthTone